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Old 03-23-2006, 01:29 PM   #1
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Ideal partitioning


Hi,

I am planning to install Fedora 5 onto a HD with Windows XP.

I alreay have freed space using partitioning software.

The system has 512MB ram

I am thinking of very simple format because this system will not be used by many users:

hda1 NTFS already takes 1/2 the disk
hda2 swap 1024MB
had3 \vfat VFAT 1 GB
hda3 \ LVM the rest

Do I need to have \boot on its own partition?

Is there a need for any more partitions? With Windows I usually reserve 10GB for C: where \Windows and \Program Files applications get installed and the rest is on D:

What would be the equivalent tree structure for Linux?

Thanks
 
Old 03-24-2006, 08:27 AM   #2
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First, Linux uses / not \ to separate directories.

Speaking personally I would avoid LVM because it has caused me trouble in the past. You do not need to put /boot on a separate partition, but it might make things easier if you think you may want to uninstall Fedora at a later date. The easiest setup would be just to use one partition for your whole install. If I was doing the setup (for a desktop as opposed to a server) I would probably partition as follows:
Code:
Partition	Type		FS	Mount	Size
/dev/hda1	Primary		NTFS
/dev/hda2	Primary		ext2	/boot	64MB
/dev/hda3	Primary		swap		768MB
(/dev/hda4	extended partition)
/dev/hda5	Extended	ext3	/	8GB
/dev/hda6	Extended	ext3	/home	rest of your drive
To generate this partition layout, I would use the disk management tool in XP (Right click "My Computer"->Manage->Disk Management). Right click on the disk you want (presumably Disk 0) and select new partition. Choose the types (Extended/Primary as above) and set the sizes, but when it prompts don't format or mount the partitions. Then, when you install FC5, if you choose to the option to set the partitions by hand, you should see the partitions you have created, and Fedora will format and mount them for you.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 11:48 AM   #3
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I have a dual-boot machine with XP Pro and FC5 and I did my partition much like Gethyn said.

On a 80 GB drive, I have:

Code:
/dev/hda1     NTFS     Windows C:\     20 GB
/dev/hda2     ext3     Linux /boot     80 MB
/dev/hda3     FAT32    Windows E:\     30 GB
/dev/hda5     ext3     Linux /         10 GB
/dev/hda6     swap     Linux swap     512 MB
/dev/hda7     ext3     Linux /home     14 GB
I use a LVM (formatted in jfs) on my MythTV server, where I have created a 532 GB partition (from a 250 GB Seagate and a 300 GB Western Digital) for my multimedia files (MPEG-2 and DivX videos, pictures, MP3 music files, etc.).

The LVM and the more 'exotic' file systems (reiser, jfs, xfs) are sometimes better suited for large data partitions and large files than your basic ext3 filesystem. For your basic partition needs , stick to something well proven and tested.
 
Old 03-24-2006, 12:15 PM   #4
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Wouldn't suggest using LVM

Hi,

Don't use LVM if you don't realllly need it. If one of the HDDs go down, you are screwed (because the partition info for the send HDD is store in the first one). You can't access the other partitions in the other HDD. That's what I heard. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

-Sarav
 
  


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